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La Festa Major de Gracia 2017

Gracia Festival Barcelona - street party

Festa Gracia Dates: Tuesday 15th August to Monday 21st August 2017
Opening times: Weekdays until 02.00 - Friday and Saturday until 03.30
Twitter: Festa de Gracia twitter
Map decorated strees: Gracia streets with decorations
Location:  Gracia district Barcelona  Map Gracia Festival  
Hotels: Hotels near Gracia Festival

Festa Major de Gràcia 2017 - Gracia Festival. The biggest street festival in Barcelona is the Gracia festival every year in mid August called the Festa Major de Gracia  and also often called the Fiestas de Gracia.The Festa Major de Gracia dates are always the 15th August to 21st August. Basically it´s a street festival that takes place in the older part of the Gracia district in Barcelona. Around 17 streets are decorate by the residents. There are hundreds of activities most of which are for local residents, but tourists and visitors are welcome to the concerts and parades. The Festa de Gracia is about Catalan traditions like parades, giants, castle building and fireruns, but most of all it is a shining example of community spirit which also has welcomes visitors. It´s authentic, fun, joyous, colourful festive and definately worth a visit!


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About Festa Major de Gràcia 2017

Festa Major de Gracia street festival in Barcelona. The Gracia festival is the biggest of Barcelona's neighbourhood street festivals. About one and a half million people visit the Gracia Festival, which opens in 2017 on 15th August for the 200th edition. The Gracia festival is a street festival which takes place streets and some plazas in the Gracia area of Barcelona every year from 15th to 21st August. 15th August is a public holiday in Spain called Assumption Day.
The Gracia festival features a big and varied programme with more than over 500 big and small activities. Over 300 of them are for families and children and many are especially for local residents. Visitors can also enjoy many outdoor free concerts. This popular festival is organised for and by neighbours and families in Gracia, but visitors are very welcome. Around 18 to 20 streets and plazas are decorated by the residents and you can experience many wonderful Catalan traditions in a full programme of parades, concerts and activities that will fill the streets of Gracia every night during the festival. Each year there is a contest to design a new festive Gracia Festival poster which is used as the festival logo and T-shirt.


Top things to do Gracia festival

Don't miss the decorated streets and plazas at the Gracia Fesival. You can find them on the Gracia Festival map of decorated streets. It is best to visit streets in the first days of the Gracia festival. The prizes for best decorated streets are always announced on 16/8 and after the prize giving the decorations start show some wear and tear. There is also a competition for the best decorated balconies in the Gracia area.

Date: Tuesday 15th August 2017
Event: Cercavila de Cultura Popular
What is it:  Festa de Gracia's main parade - Cercavila de Cultura Popular. Biggest parade of the Gracia Festival. This is a festive early evening parade featuring all groups of the festa major including the gegants (giants of Gracia including two sun and moon giants called 'la Gresca i el Torradet')  caps grossos (big heads)  dracs (dragons), castellers (human castle groups) bastoners (stick dancers) grallers (pipers) and many more. Worth seeing! MAP parade route
Time: 18.00 - 6pm 
Start:  Junction of streets Carrer de Santa Àgata + Gran de Gracia 
Map: Google MAP parade route   
Finish: Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia



Wednesday 16th August 2017
Event: Parade Cercavila de Sant Roc
What is it: Parade with gegants (giants), castellers (tower builders), trabucaires (bandits) and bastoners (pipers). 
Finishes at 11:00 with homage to Sant Roc. (see also Sant Roc Festival in gothic area of Barcelona)
Time: 10:30 
Start: Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia 
Finish: junction streets Libertat/Fraternitat


14th, 16th and 17th August 2017
Event: Assaig a Plaça dels Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia
What is it: Human towers practise display. Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia make human towers on Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia. 
Assaig means rehearsal or attempt. These sessions are warm ups before the castellars events on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th. 
Time: 20:00
Place: Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia

Friday 18th August 2017
Event: Baixada del Pilar Caminat (the walking column) 
What is it: Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia make a human castle in a single column and walk it from Plaça del Sol to Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia town hall.
Time: 19.30 
Place: from Plaça del Sol to Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia make a human tower and walk it from Plaça del Sol to Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia town hall. 

Friday 18th August 2017
Event: Diada castellera de Vigilies
What is it: Human tower building event
Time: 20:00
Place: Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia

Saturday 19th August 2017
Event: Diada Castellera de Festa Major
What is it:  Human tower building. Biggest castellers event of Gracia festival by 'Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia' and other invited human tower groups.
Time: 18:00
Place: Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia


Monday 21st August 2017
Event: Firerun - Correfoc infantil
What is it: Correfoc firerun in a smaller format for children
Time: 18:30
Start:  Plaça del Diamant
Route:  Plaça del Diamant, Astúries, plaça Virreina, Astúries, Torrent d’en Vidalet, Terol, Torrent de l’Olla, Diluvi
Finish:  Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Map:  Route Map correfoc infantil

Monday 21st August 2017
Event: Drum parade - Tabalada Infernal 
What is it: drum parade with drummers from the 'colles de foc' fireworks groups.
Time: 20.00
Start: Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia  
Finish: Plaça Trilla

Monday 21st August 2017
Event: Firerun - Correfoc
Time:  21:30 to 23:00
Start:  Plaça Trilla 
Route:  Plaça Trilla, Gran de Gràcia, Maurici Serrahima, Torrent de l'Olla, Bellver, Plaça del Nord, Robí, Torrent d'en Vidalet, Terol, Torrent de l'Olla, Diluvi
Finish at:  Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Route map:  not available yet

Correfoc is the traditional 'firerun' in which the spectators are chased by 'devil' groups brandished sparkling fireworks. Very dramatic and festive. Read correfoc safety guidelines


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Map location Gracia Festival

It is easy to find the Gracia area of Barcelona. From the centre of Barcelona it is a 15 to 20 minute walk up the Passeig de Gracia street from Plaza Catalunya square. Passeig de Gracia means road to Gracia and the name comes from the time when Gracia was a separate village from Barcelona. Most of the Gracia Festival is in the area of Gracia called 'Vila de Gracia' marked on the map below.

If you take a taxi, then the taxi driver will probably drop you on on the edge of the festival area and then you just walk in. There are maps of the festival plazas and streets in many places and in the programmes which you can get free at many stands. If you take the metro then take the green line metro to one of these three metro stations near the Gracia Festival: Fontana green L3, Diagonal green L3 or Joanic yellow L4 (see Barcelona metro map)

Map location Festa Major de Gracia

About Gràcia district /barrio

Gràcia is a district of the city of Barcelona above Eixample to the south and sandwhiched between Sarrià-Sant Gervasi to the west and Horta-Guinardó to the east. The district contains the neighborhoods barris of of Vallcarca, Penitents, El Coll, La Salut and Camp d'en Grassot. Gràcia is bordered by the districts of Eixample to the south, Around 120,000 people live in Gracia.

The name Gràcia originates from a Carmelite convent dating back to 17 de gener de 1626 1626 called 'Nostra Senyora de Gràcia -Our Lady of Graca' Until 1897 Vila de Gràcia was a separate village and municipality from Barcelona city. To get through the fields from Barcelona to Gracia you traveled on the road called Passeig de Gracia, the passage to Gràcia. This road still has the same name to this day and is Barcelonas most exclusive shopping street.

In 1897 Gracia village was annexed to Barcelona and as the city expanded Gracia became surrounded, but remained largely intact, which explains why oldest barrio of Vila de Gràcia still has plenty of old world charm despite being in the middle of a modern city like Barcelona. It’s this special atmosphere of Gracia that makes it a popular residential area for locals and foreigners. About 50.000 people live in the quaint narrow streets of Vila de Gracia.

Gracia has plenty of narrow streets and lots of charming plazas and an independant and local feel. There are no big tourist attractions which means that tourist buses, street artists and fast food chains have not taken over the streets of Gracia leaving space for the residents to weave a neighbourhood tapestry of bohemian and artistic shops, cafes and restaurants. For food and shopping in Barcelona it is worth a visit. The most popular street in Gracia to stroll down is Carrer de Verdi, which is sort of the "rambla" of Gràcia with many charming small shops and restaurants.

The only time when the really tourists visit Gracia in their thousands is during the annual Festa Major de Gracia. This event in centred in the Vila de Gracia - the village of Gracia. Usually around 55.000 people live in the Gracia area, but during the Festa de Gracia street party week over half a million visitors drop in for a drink and a stroll. Thanks largely in part to the special nature of the Gracia neighbourhood and its surroundings, the  Festa Major de Gracia has grown to be the most popular and largest neighbourhood festival in Barcelona, only surpassed in size and visitor numbers by the Barcelona Merce festival, which is in September every year.

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